TERRE HAUTE -- The styles might be a lot different, but the result is certainly the same.
The Northview Knights won back-to-back Wabash Valley Classic Tournaments in 2002 and 2003 with a high powered offense.
The 2004 version is winning with tough defense and clutch shooting which was on display once more in Tuesday's second round action at the Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Tourney.
One night after scoring 27 points, high-scoring Tyler Rehmel was held to just 11 points by the Knights as Northview defeated Shakamak 43-32.
"We're defending much better," commented Northview head coach Mitch Lancaster. "The kids came to play and we defended well."
Northview got out of the gates quick, piling up a 9-0 lead before Shakamak scored on a Jared Rehmel drive nearly five minutes into the game. But as they've proven they can, the Lakers got a burst of their own as both Tyler and Jared Rehmel hit baskets, Tyler's a 3-pointer, to get the Lakers within 10-7 after one period.
The Knights offensive cold spell continued into the next quarter as Shakamak rattled off another five points to take a 12-10 advantage.
"We've had some (offensive) droughts this year," mentioned Lancaster. "We tried to isolate the (Heath) Chamberlain kid. But they did a good job of pushing and shoving him. But when (Shakamak) is a lot smaller, your not going to get those calls."
One thing size will get you however, is a lot of rebounds.
Though Northview hit just six-of-23 shots in the first half, they outrebounded the smaller Lakers 19-12 in the first half which helped them limit Shakamak to seven fewer shots from the field.
Beginning the second half, Northview held a 17-14 lead and were able to get their offense started quickly once more.
Heath Chamberlain picked up two of his 11 points in the game to open the third period, but Jared Rehmel answered with a 3-pointer to close Shakamak within 19-17.
Cue Game One sharpshooter Brinn Meunier to the forefront.
After seven first half points, Meunier bookended a 13-4 quarter-ending Northview run with 3-pointers as part of his game-high 16 point effort.
"He's a sophomore," said Lancaster of his 5-8 guard. "He doesn't do everything right, but he gives us a lot of energy and works hard on the defensive end."
Meunier's shots went along with a pair of scoring drives by senior Shawn Hughes who added seven points in the game, five in the pivotal third quarter.
The run by Northview gave them a bit of breathing room at 32-21 heading into the final period of play, but the Lakers would make another run on the Knights.
After a rebound basket by Nick Wells gave Northview a 34-21 advantage, Shakamak answered with a pair of free throws by Tyler Rehmel and a 3-pointer by Tyler Utterback to close within 34-26.
But again Meunier answered with a key 3-pointer along with a Chamberlain basket to extend Northview's lead back to 39-26.
Shakamak would make a last run as Joey Munson sank a 3-pointer following a Tyler Rehmel bucket. Dusty Crosby hit a free throw to get the Lakers to 39-32, but Hughes would score to halt the rally and Matt Stuckey dropped home a pair of free throws in the closing minute to end Shakamak's chances at victory.
For the game, Northview dominated on the glass, outrebounding Shakamak 37-19 on the strength of a 14 rebound game by Chamberlain and another six from Meunier. The Knights also limited the Lakers to just 26 percent shooting from the field (nine-of-34).
The win propels the Knights into a semifinal battle with archrival Terre Haute South on the Braves home court this evening at 7 p.m. At stake will be a berth in the championship game on Thursday night.
Meunier 6-11 0-0 16, Stuckey 0-6 2-3 2, Hughes 3-7 1-2 7, Wells 2-3 1-2 5, H.Chamberlain 4-8 3-6 11, Thacker 1-3 0-0 2, Miller 0-2 0-0 0, Reece 0-0 0-0 0. Totals: 16-40 7-13 43.
J.Rehmel 4-16 4-5 11, McNabb 1-3 0-0 3, T.Rehnel 2-6 6-10 11, Crosby 0-1 1-2 1, Munson 1-6 0-0 3, Utterback 1-1 0-0 3, Hoskins 0-1 0-2 0. Totals: 9-34 11-19 32.
3-point fieldgoals -- Northview 4-16 (Meunier 4-8, Thacker 0-2, Stuckey 0-4, Hughes 0-2), Shakamak 5-23 (J.Rehmel 1-10, T.Rehmel 1-4, McNabb 1-3, Munson 1-4, Crosby 0-1, Utterback 1-1). Total Rebounds -- Northview 37 (H.Chamberlain 14, Meunier 6, Wells 5), Shakamak 19 (Hoskins 4). Total Fouls -- Northview 14, Shakamak 13. Turnovers -- Northview 11, Shakamak 11.